Akron Art Museum Free Thursdays — 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at the Akron Art Museum, 1 S. High St., Akron. Free all-day gallery admission and programming throughout the day. More information at www.akronartmuseum.org.
Souper Thursday — 4:30-6:30 p.m. today, Deerfield Masonic Hall, 2380 State Route 225. A donation of $6 includes homemade soup, tossed salad, dessert and beverages. Takeout orders available. For more information, go to www.ohiooes.org.
Soup at Six Lecture Series — 6 tonight at the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum, 800 McKinley Monument Drive NW, Canton. Eric Benjamin, music director and conductor of the Tuscarawas Philharmonic, will speak about his new composition inspired by Ted Gup’s book, A Secret Gift. $15. For reservations, call 330-455-7043.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book Release Party — 6 tonight at the Canal Fulton Public Library, 154 Market St. NE, Canal Fulton. Drawings for copies of the newly released Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck book, along with wimpy games, activities, trivia and a craft. Free. To register, call 330-854-4148.
Kent State University’s Presidential Speaker Series presents Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn — 7 tonight in the Kent State Student Center Ballroom. Kristof and WuDunn were the first married couple to win a Pulitzer Prize in journalism for their coverage of China’s Tiananmen Square democracy movement. Free. For general admission tickets, which are required to gain entry, visit http://kentstate.university tickets.com.
Polish American Club Fish Fry — 4:30-8 p.m. Friday at the Polish American Club, 472 E. Glenwood Ave., Akron. Starting at $7.95. 330-253-0496.
A New Adventure Widows & Widowers social group — 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Eat’ N Park, 200 Howe Ave., Cuyahoga Falls. 330-929-5430 or 330-630-9275.
Unattached Seniors — 9 a.m. Saturday at the Waterloo Restaurant, 423 E. Waterloo Road, Akron. 330-644-6624.
A New Beginning Social Group for Widows and Widowers — 9 a.m. Saturday at Thano’s Restaurant, 71 Fifth St. SE, Barberton. 330-745-6239.
Ceramic Painting Party — 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 5 and Dec. 21 at the Quirk Cultural Center, 1201 Grant Ave., Cuyahoga Falls. $10, $7 residents. Fee includes paints, glazes, use of tools and instruction. For more information, call 330-971-8425, 330-971-8225 or go to www.cityofcf.com/parksandrec.
College Club of Canton — 10 a.m. Saturday at Community Christian Church, 210 N. Main St., North Canton. M.J. Albacete, executive director of the Canton Museum of Art, will present Song of Survival, the story of a group of Dutch and British women, wives of employees in the oil fields of the South Sea Islands, who were imprisoned in Japanese concentration camps for four years during World War II. For more information, call 330-830-2109.
Hoover-Price Planetarium Shows — 1 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum, 800 McKinley Monument Drive NW, Canton. Celestial Light, through Dec. 31. 330-455-7043.
Community Swiss Steak Dinner and Quilt Exhibit — 4:30-7 p.m. Saturday at Grace United Church of Christ, 13275 Cleveland Ave., Uniontown. Display of colorful quilts and quilting projects sewed by the Thread Benders Quilt Guild on exhibit throughout the dinner hours. Dinner is $8, $4 for ages 4-12. For more information and gluten-free meals, call 330-699-3255.
City of Flags Chorus Annual Show — 7 p.m. Saturday at Jackson High School, 7600 Fulton Road NW, Massillon. Featuring the 45-member City of Flags Chorus, their quartets and guests. $12, $10 seniors and $5 students. 800-793-3805 or www.cityofflagschorus.org.
39th Annual Carrousel of Crafts — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Wadsworth High School, 625 Broad St. Featuring more than 100 crafters, food, entertainment and a raffle. Organized by the Wadsworth Newcomers Club, with proceeds going to charity. Admission is $3 ages 12 and over, and $2 ages 65 and older. For more information, call 330-730-4273 or email email@example.com.
Summit County Songwriters Circle Workshop — 7 p.m. Monday at the Quirk Cultural Center, 1201 Grant Ave., Cuyahoga Falls. www.song writerssummit.com.
The Hudson Society of Artists — 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Barlow Community Center, 41 S. Oviatt St., Hudson. Guest artist is Barbara Zimmerman who will give a watercolor demonstration on painting animals. For more information, email has@hudson societyofartists.com.
Carovillese Club Spaghetti Dinner — 4-7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Carovillese Club, 570 E. Cuyahoga Falls Ave., Akron. $6 to $8.25. 330-929-6767.
Widows & Widowers SOS (Starting Over Socially) Dinner Meeting — 6 p.m. Tuesday at Primavera’s, 5382 Fulton Road, Canton. Participants pay for their meals. Reservations required. Call, Norma at 330-452-5889 or Bernie at 330-477-5325.
Old Time, Celtic and Bluegrass Music Jam — 7-10 p.m. Tuesday at the College of Wooster, in the college snack bar, Mom’s Truck Stop, Lowery Center, Wooster. The College of Wooster Scottish Arts Society, along with local community players, sponsor musical jam sessions where guests may sit in. Information: Kim Tapie, 330-345-5208, or Charlene Adzima, 330-263-6504.
Portage Lakes Cruises — Portage Lakes Cruises is a pontoon charter service, designed to give people access to “the Lakes.” Tour departure is from Craftsmen Park unless otherwise arranged. Through Friday. The park is at 4450 Rex Lake Road, Akron. Free parking available inside the park. Golf cart available if needed. Each excursion is customized to suit the passengers, and can accommodate up to eight passengers in a safe and friendly environment. Fees start at $35 per person. 330-760-0270, www.portagelakescruises.com.
Greater Cleveland Aquarium — 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, last admission is at 5 p.m., Nautica Entertainment Complex, 2000 Sycamore St., Cleveland. Features more than 40 tanks of all sizes, which are home to thousands of living creatures including the Ohio-native brook trout, ferocious piranhas and sand tiger sharks that measure more than seven feet. $21.95, $15.95 ages 2-12. www.GreaterClevelandAquarium.com.
Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition — Through Jan. 5 at the Great Lakes Science Center, 601 Erieside Ave., Cleveland. Discover the compelling human stories told through authentic artifacts and recreations of the ship’s interior. All tickets are timed tickets, be prepared to select a specific date and time when ordering. $24, $23 for seniors and college students with ID, $22 for children under 2-12; $10 members. For tickets, go to www.greatsciencecom.
Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home — Through Jan. 19 at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, 1 Wade Oval Drive, University Circle. An educational and interactive exhibit for children. The exhibition encourages families to spend time outdoors and inspires children to discover and care for the natural resources that sustain our world. Museum admission is $12, $10 ages ages 3-18, college students and seniors. 216-231-4600, 800-317-9155 or www.cmnh.org.